State media

A free, independent media?

Clare Curran is trying to make a point about “free, independent media” and at the same time suggest that National is somehow stopping a “free, independent media.

Here is where it all gets a little confusing. Just recently she was bemoaning the fact that there wasn’t enough government control of media or enough public (government funded) broadcasters. During the election Labour proposed a new public broadcaster which would hardly be “free, independent media”.

It seems that Labour and Clare Curran think “free, independent media” is actually state funded and state controlled media. Whereas I and many others believe that “free, independent media is unfettered by by government control and regulation and is able through strong constitutional freedom of speech laws able to hold the powerful to account.

In ehr post though she is questioning whether or not we have a “free, independent media”…but she is asking questions about NZ on Air and TVNZ…neither of which are free or independent, both being owned and controlled by the state.

In her focus on the pursuit of a  “free, independent media” is she now proposing that Labour will, if elected, sell off Radio NZ and TVNZ?

I certainly hope she is. I certainly hope that is Labour’s new policy.

After all having media organisations controlled by the government would fly in the face of a “free and independent” media.